Montreal Simon: The Rolling Stone Cover and the Con Clown Lisa Raitt

As soon as I saw Justin Trudeau on the cover of Rolling Stone, I groaned loudly, and cranked up the music in my ears, because I knew exactly how the Cons would react, and that it would be ugly.And sure enough it was. They wailed like banshees, they ground their teeth until they sounded like cicadas, ...

Montreal Simon: Lisa Raitt and the Kamikaze Candidate

The hapless stooges in our corporate media like to describe Lisa Raitt as the most "moderate" candidate in the Con leadership race. The one who is so "nice" she doesn't stand a chance in that collection of racists and religious fanatics. But of course we know better. We know that all things are relative. And ...

Montreal Simon: The Con Clown Leadership Scandal Just Got Worse

In one of my last posts I wrote that the Con leadership race was starting to look like a crime story.And I suggested that it might be time to call in the police.Or at the very least the Keystone Cops.Because that grubby leadership race is becoming more and more farcical. Read more »

Montreal Simon: The Con Leadership Race: Now It’s Even More of a Porky Show

As we all know the Con leadership race badly needs any publicity it can get. Because not only has it been a porky show, it's also been incredibly boring.And if pigs could fly there would be pork in the trees.But now at last that ghastly show could become the mud wrestling match, I've been hoping ...

Alberta Politics: I come to bury Castro, not to praise him: unpacking conservative fury at PM Justin Trudeau’s condolences

PHOTOS: Fidel Castrol in his heyday. Mr. Castro died Friday at 90. Below: An affectionate Havana scene … “Viva Fidel por siempre;” Margaret Trudeau, Mr. Castro and Pierre Trudeau in 1976; King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, who died at 90 last year; Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Before I start, let’s just make one thing perfectly ...

Montreal Simon: The Painful Education of the Con Clown Lisa Raitt

As you may have heard, the absurd Con clown Lisa Raitt is said to be preparing to enter the Con leadership race.And to try to boost her profile she's been posing as the Con's finance critic, and attacking Justin Trudeau's plans for a national carbon tax. But when she recounted the story about how of ...

Alberta Politics: Explaining how the right wing echo chamber operates … operates … operates … The Strange Case of the Canada Pension Plan

PHOTOS: “Alright, everyone, here’s what we’re gonna say: ‘Expanding the CPP is a solution in search of a problem.’ Everybody got that? Fraser? Check! APEC? Check! CFIB? Check! Taxpayers? Check! … ” Actual right-wing echo chamber conference calls may not unfold exactly as described. Below: What you actually see behind the curtain. With Canada’s premiers ...

Montreal Simon: The Canada Pension Plan and the Cruelty of the Cons

As long as Stephen Harper was in power there was never any hope of enhancing the Canada Pension Plan.Because he always claimed the economy was too fragile to afford it, he didn't like the idea of pensions, and believed that Canadians should save for their own retirement.So I'm glad that now that he is gone, ...

Alberta Politics: When Tories, the Fraser Institute and media team up to attack plans to improve the CPP, you have to know it needs fixing!

ILLUSTRATIONS: A luxurious retirement? Do you get the feeling that ship may have sailed? Well, rich conservatives and their flunkies want you to think that a better Canada Pension Plan is a bad idea anyway. Below: Conservative Party of Canada Finance Critic Lisa Raitt. Wow! Talk about a full-court press! All the usual suspects are ...

Montreal Simon: Why Playing Nice With the Cons Won’t Work

I learned long ago that if you want to help build a more equal, kinder, gentler society, you have to be as tough and as ruthless as the Con zombies who infest this world.For they will try to destroy you, and being nice will get you nowhere.So when I heard a group of hapless hacks ...

Montreal Simon: Lisa Raitt and the Foul Legacy of Stephen Harper

You might think that Lisa Raitt would have learned her lesson, when she put out this big shiny poster about two months ago.Only to have it greeted with jeers, howls of laughter, and calls that she be arrested for lying like a thief.Or a Con artist.But no, sadly it seems she didn't learn a thing. ...

Alberta Politics: ‘Kevinismus’ in Canada: Should Kevin O’Leary run to lead the sad-sack federal Conservatives?

PHOTOS: Kevin O’Leary, in a typical pose (CBC photo). Below: Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, U.S. Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump and perpetual Alberta conservative leadership candidate Thomas Lukaszuk. Give Kevin O’Leary his due. At least the guy is faintly entertaining. Perhaps Mr. O’Leary should run for public office himself, or at least the leadership of ...

Montreal Simon: The Incredible Nerve of the Con Clown Lisa Raitt

As we all know from the moment Justin Trudeau was sworn in, the Con media has been claiming that he is breaking one promise after another.And nobody has been screaming that louder, than the gang at Postmedia.So I wasn't surprised to see the old Harper hoofer Lisa Raitt, making the same absurd claim in the National ...

Susan on the Soapbox: Sunny Ways?

“If it were in my power I would try the sunny way…Do you not believe that there is more to be gained by appealing to the heart and soul of men rather than to compel them to do a thing?”—Sir Wilfrid Laurier “Sunny ways my friends, sunny ways.” When Justin Trudeau quoted Sir Wilfrid Laurier ...

Accidental Deliberations: On know-nothings

Shorter Lisa Raitt: Now that I think about it, somebody should probably be responsible for regulating vehicle safety. (aide whispers in ear) Wait, that’s me? Why is this the first I’ve heard of it?

Politics and its Discontents: A Reconsideration

While I have written about the importance of critical thinking many times on this blog, I have always considered it an ideal, a destination that we should strive for throughout our lives. Never is the journey complete; never are we entirely free from our cultural, political and social contexts and values, all of which act ...

Accidental Deliberations: Friday Morning Links

Assorted content to end your week. – Natasha Luckhardt examines what we can expect from Burger King’s takeover of Tim Hortons – and the news isn’t good for Canadian workers and citizens alike. But Jim Stanford reminds us that we’re not without some public policy options by following up on the employment effects of an ...

Politics and its Discontents: Sorry, I’ve Been Kinda Busy…

That must be the reason that people like Transport Minister Lisa Raitt and her parliamentary secretary Jeff Watson haven’t yet had time to read the Transportation Safety Board’s damning report on last year’s Lac-Mégantic train derailment that killed 47 people: Recommend this Post

Calgary Grit: Hanging up the shoes

It’s not a huge surprise, but it’s still big news. After 8 years, the only Finance Minister Stephen Harper has ever known and loved is calling it quits: Jim Flaherty steps down as finance minister OTTAWA – Jim Flaherty is leaving the federal cabinet after more than eight years as finance minister to prepare for ...

Accidental Deliberations: Thursday Morning Links

This and that for your Thursday reading. – Donovan Vincent reports on the Institute for Social Research’s study showing Canadians are highly concerned about income inequality: “People think the income gap has gotten worse. What was surprising to me was the universality of this belief. Younger people, older, higher levels of education, lower, men and ...

Accidental Deliberations: Monday Morning Links

Miscellaneous material to start your week. – The Star’s editorial board sees Canada’s woeful job numbers as a signal that it’s time for some economic management in the interests of people (rather than artificial manipulation of numbers): Economists used words like “dismal” and “ugly” for these results, and no wonder. Last year turned out to ...

Alberta Diary: Happy New Year! Get ready for generational change in Canadian politics

Expect the new faces of Canadian politics to be young faces – like those of Edmonton Mayor Don Iveson, 34, shown above with some clapped-out old geezer, and Manitoba MP and former NDP leadership candidate Niki Ashton, 31, below. “Something is happening here, but you don’t know what it is, do you, Mr. Jones?” – ...

BigCityLib Strikes Back: When Tom Met Rob And Lisa

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Politics and its Discontents: How Many Fingers Am I Holding Up, Winston?

O’Brien held up his left hand, its back toward Winston, with the thumb hidden and the four fingers extended. “How many fingers am I holding up, Winston?” “Four.” “And if the Party says that it is not four but five — then how many?” “Four.” The word ended in a gasp of pain. — George ...

Calgary Grit: Oh my God – they shuffled Kenney! Those Bastards!

New Title, Same Job The much-hyped Cabinet shuffle was about what you’d expect: retiring Ministers swept aside, talented backbenchers and Pierre Poilievre promoted, and a few big names swapping portfolios to give them a fresh start. The opposition will argue this is very much the same government as before, and they’re right – but that’s ...